David Gibson | Plant Biology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

David Gibson

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies. Plant population and community ecology, grassland ecology, multivariate methods

David Gibson

Phone: 618.453.3231
Office: Life Science II, Room 405
email: djgibson@siu.edu
Laboratory Website

Current research interests and specialties include:

  • Population and community ecology succession
  • Plant competition
  • Exotic species
  • Ecology of grasslands
  • Agroecology
  • Ecology education
  • Effects of Global Environmental Change
  • Multivariate methods


Ph.D. 1985, University of Wales

Selected Publications

  1. Gibson, D.J. 2009. Grasses and Grassland Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 305pp. ISBN 0-19-852918-7. Chinese edition in press for Oct, 2012.
  2. Gibson, D.J. 2015. Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 298pp. ISBN 978-0-19-967146-5 (hbk.).
  3. Gibson, D.J., Allstadt, A., Baer, S.G., & Geisler, M.G. 2012. Effects of foundation species genetic diversity on subordinate species richness in an assembling community. Oikos, 121:496-507.
  4. Gibson, D.J., Baer, S.G., Klopf, R.P., Reed, L.K., Wodika, B., & Willand, J. 2013.  Limited effects of dominant species population source on community composition during community assembly. Journal      of Vegetation Science, 24: 429-440. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01475.x.
  5. Gibson, D.J., Dewey, J., Goossens, H., & M.M. Dodd. 2014. Intraspecific variation among clones of a naïve rare grass affects competition with an invasive forb. Ecology & Evolution, 4: 186-199. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.919. Dryad archive: Data identifier: doi:10.5061/dryad.k68n1.
  6. Gibson, D.J., Gage, K.L., Matthews, J.L., Young, B.G., Owen, M.D.K., Wilson, R.G., Weller, S.C., Shaw, D.R., Jordan, D.L. 2013. The effect of weed management systems on weed species communities over 5 years in glyphosate resistant cropping systems. Applied Vegetation Science, 16: 676-687. DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12039.
  7. Gustafson, D.G., Major, C., Jones, D., Synovec, J., Baer, S.G., & D.J. Gibson. 2014. Genetic sorting of subordinate species in grassland modulated by intraspecific variation in dominant species. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091511
  8. Martinez, K.A., D.J. Gibson, & B.A. Middleton. 2015. Core-satellite hypothesis and native versus exotic species in secondary succession. Plant Ecology, in press. 10.1007/s11258-015-0446-z
  9. Schwartz, L.M., D.J. Gibson, B.G. Young, J.L. Matthews, D.L. Jordan, M.D.K. Owen, D.R. Shaw, S.C. Weller, and Wilson, R.G. 2015. Seedbank and field emergence of weeds in glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Weed Science, accepted.
  10. Willand, J., Baer, S.G., & D.J. Gibson. Propagule abundance and richness are equivalent or higher in communities restored with local ecotypes relative to cultivars of dominant species. Journal of Vegetation Science, in press. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12257.